A new birthing technology push

Birthing help: Terang and Mortlake Health Service obstetrician Tim Fitzpatrick (second from left), chief executive officer Julia Ogdin and nurse Jenny Meade thanked Terang Community Op Shop project director Andrea Balcombe (far left) for a recent $10,000 donation towards the drive for a $22,000 humidicrib which, if secured, would allow babies to be transferred to Warrnambool for further treatment.

A PUSH for new birthing technology at the Terang hospital is seeking public support.

Terang and Mortlake Health Service (TMHS) chief executive officer Julia Ogdin said the humidicrib technology, estimated to cost about $22,000, will allow ill babies to be transported to Warrnambool Base Hospital for further treatment.

“Newborn infants are not able to be transferred via road ambulance without a dedicated humidicrib, which can be strapped onto an ambulance trolley,” she said.

The humidicrib maintains the warmth of the infant and provides comprehensive monitoring, which is a vital requirement during the transport of an unwell baby.

Under current conditions, newborn babies in need of extra care rely on the Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval (PIPER) team, which can take at least three hours to arrive at Terang from Colac, Hamilton or Portland.

If the TMHS purchased its own humidicrib, it will be able to transfer a newborn baby to Warrnambool Base Hospital for specialised paediatric treatment until the PIPER team arrives.

Ms Ogdin thanked the Terang Community Op Shop team for its recent contribution to the cause.

“The Terang Community Op Shop has very generously opened the fund raising effort with a donation of $10,000,” she said.

For more information about how to contribute to the new humidicrib, contact the TMHS on 5592 0222 or visit the Terang hospital.

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